ELYRIA — The Medina Gazette’s parent company has named a new president.
Bill Hudnutt will head Lorain County Printing and Publishing, which prints The Chronicle-Telegram and Gazette as well as online and radio platforms that reach into Lorain, Medina, Erie and Huron counties.
Hudnutt succeeds Paul Martin, who resigned his position as president and CEO of LCPP effective Friday. He remains on the company’s board of directors. Martin has been with the company since 2002 when he came on board as a consultant. He was named president in 2010.
Hudnutt’s appointment by the board comes less than five months after he was named publisher, assuming a role once held by his father, and his grandfather, Arthur D. Hudnutt, and great-grandfather, A.C. Hudnutt, whose purchase of his partner’s interest in the newspaper in 1927 gave him control of it.
The Hudnutt family has owned the paper ever since.
The younger Hudnutt said he learned the business from his father, former publisher A. Cooper Hudnutt, and continues to take one key attribute with him as he continues with his career.
“My father was a firm believer in recognizing and supporting the talent around you,” Hudnutt said. “I’m excited to take on this new role because we have a very good group of people that will help the business continue to grow and evolve. We are more than ready to take the company to the next level.”
Hudnutt said some of his fondest and earliest memories involve walking alongside his father on the day the elder Hudnutt went to every employee in the building to hand out paychecks and to thank them for their solid work.
He is a 2001 graduate of Elyria High School who went on to earn a bachelor’s of arts in business administration from Miami University.
Hudnutt lives in Elyria — in the home once owned by his grandfather — with his wife, Joey, and the couple’s son, Lincoln Cooper. They have two dogs, Chloe and Jerry.
This story has been edited to reflect the following correction: Although Paul Martin, Bill Hudnutt’s precedessor as president, also held the title of CEO, Hudnutt only holds the title of president. The CEO position does not exist in the company’s code of regulations. The president has full authority to manage the business of the company.